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Sunday, 10 June, 2007 12:45 PM

CMA New Artist Spotlight: Tresa Jordan

PHOTO BY MICHAEL GOMEZ

South River Road / Aspirion recording artist Tresa Jordan.

By Kristin Scherer
© 2007 CMA Close Up News Service

For Tresa Jordan, music came naturally and has been a dominate part of her life. She is an artist who sings from the heart about the joys and heartaches of real life. Jordan's journey began in the small Florida town of Melrose.

"I was on stage with my Dad and his band at the age of 10, but forced everyone in my family to sit through hours of living room performances, school plays and talent shows ever since the age of 3," Jordan said.

Determined to make her dream of singing a reality, she auditioned and was accepted to the Florida School of the Performing Arts where her creative juices started flowing and she began writing songs. Jordan's heart was yearning to pursue a career in Country Music so she packed her bags and headed to Nashville.

Jordan found out quickly how hard it is to break into the music industry and was soon waiting tables to pay the bills. Seven years and three kids later, she emerged from a failed marriage determined to rekindle her passion for music.

The songs she wrote reflected both the good and bad times she had experienced. Eight of those songs she co-wrote are featured on her self-titled debut album, which was released last year on South River Road Records.

Produced by Jim Cooper, the album is built around acoustic instruments, which, according to Jordan, makes the music "organic, raw and natural; the instruments match the lyrics." The lead single, "I Turn to Country," Jordan co-wrote with Robin Scoffield.

Jordan's songs reflect her wide-ranging influences, which include Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton and Steve Wariner. From the contemporary groove of "Underneath the Wheel" to the bluegrass feel of "Ain't No Grave," Jordan's auspicious debut spotlights the struggles and triumphs she has experienced on her journey to become a Country star.

IN HER OWN WORDS:

What book is in your nightstand?
"The Long Home by William Gay."

What moment in your life would you relive if you could?
"Dancing on my Daddy's feet - that's why I wrote the song."

What song do you wish you had written?
"'One More Day.'"

Which mode of transportation do you prefer - planes, trains or automobiles?
"None. I am waiting for someone to invent a little traveling space machine that will instantly take me to my destination."

Who is your dream duet partner?
"That would be a tie between Keith Urban and Vince Gill."

On The Web: www.tresajordan.com

 

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